Maternal metabolic status and the occurrence of OCD in Thoroughbred foals


The key outcomes of thre research will be increased understanding of the pathogenesis of skeletal disease in foals and reduction of wastage in the breeding industry, through the identification of key nutritional risk factors associated with this disease in growing foals.


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

The University of Queensland

Objective Summary

To investigate the effect of maternal nutrition/ metabolism on skeletal disease in growing foals; to study the role of insulin resistance in the mare on skeletal development in the foal and to gain a greater understanding of the nutritional requirements of the mare.

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Project Stage


Project Start Date

Friday, February 1, 2008

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

HOR-Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses


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Insulin dynamics during equine pregnancy –Possible relationship to osteochondrosis in foals